Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sweet and sour chicken

I love making Asian inspired dishes at home.   Of course, nothing is as quick and easy as pulling up to your local Chinese restaurant, but I'm so hesitant after watching them pour spoonful after spoonful of sugar into a recent General Tso's chicken order.  But this is really fast, really delicious, and way better for you than pretty much anything at your local Chinese takeout!

So when I saw that Stephanie had an Asian inspired recipe on her blog, my ears (figuratively) perked!  And, Stephanie didn't disappoint.  This was delicious with just the right blend of sweet and tang.  It definitely takes some planning to make this a weeknight meal, though; I'm always hesitant when I see an hour's worth of baking time, but it can be done!  All your prep could be done the night before so all you have to do is pop into the oven when you get home from work.

Sweet and Sour Chicken  Source:  Stephanie Cooks

3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper
1 cup cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup canola oil

¾ cup sugar
4 tablespoons ketchup
½ cup vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon garlic salt

Preheat the oven to 325.
1- Cut boneless chicken breasts into chunks. Season with salt and pepper. 
2- Dip chicken in cornstarch and then in egg. Fry in a little oil until brown but not cooked through. 
3- Place in a single layer in a baking dish. Mix sauce ingredients together and pour over chicken.
4- Bake for one hour at 325 degrees, uncovered. Turn chicken every 15 minutes.

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